Muhlenberg Co. Schools Confirms H1N1

By: Jason Berry Email
By: Jason Berry Email

"Right now, we have 3-confirmed cases of Swine Flu in our school. I've talked to epidemiologists, as well as the Health Department daily, and they are advising us on what directions to go," says Superintendent Dale Todd.

One of those students has already returned to school. Still, parents are concerned.

"The epidemiologist and the Health Department tell me that all students that had this... and even adults, that they are responding extremely well to antibiotics," Todd adds.

Todd says parents need to understand what the Swine Flu is and the precautions that they are taking to make sure their students are safe.

If their children show any signs of being infected, they should stay home.

Muhlenberg High School's East Campus, where the first infection occurred, continues to take precautionary measures.

"We put alcohol gel or the sanitizing gel in all the classrooms, and Clorox wipes in all the classrooms for the teachers to wipe the desks down and the computers after use," says Registered Nurse Nancy Propes.

She adds that students often complain of similar symptoms.

"When the students first come into me, they complain of a headache and body aches. If they have a low grade fever, I'll call the parents and see if they want them to come home, and usually they do."

Still, with attendance average for this time of year, closing schools won't be a necessary short term option.

"We're 94.6%, is our district percentage. If we drop down into the eighties, then you would strongly consider it an epidemic and something you would really have to take care of," says Todd.

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  • by georgina on Aug 26, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    what are these people who's over these school thinking? what part of this is worse than the regular flu don't they get? if one student in this school district dies the parents should sue the board of education for not protecting these kids i'm outraged
  • by Lulu Location: SOKY on Aug 25, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    The CDC has released guidelines on H1N1 confirmation tests. Those guidelines are (1) pregnant women OR (2) those who have a clinical condition that has required hospitalization OR (3) are living in an institutional setting where previous cases have not been identified. Therefore, if those students did not meet these criteria, and positive confirmation was unlikely done. However, a positive Flu A test is treated as if it were H1N1 because it is very likely that H1N1 is the only one circulating right now. Don't freak the people out by saying "confirmed cases" when they are confirmed by the state labs!
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